West Virginia in the Civil War
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“To the People of Western Virginia” by CSA Major General William W. Loring, 1862. (Sc2013-033)
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In August 1861, Confederate troops under the command of Gen. John Floyd crossed the Gauley River and defeated a small Union force at Keslers Cross Lanes. Floyd then retreated to an encampment along the steep western cliffs of the Gauley River at Carnifex Ferry. Union Gen. William Rosecrans assembled a force of 7,000 to drive the 2,000 Confederates away. Marching south from Summersville, Rosecrans’s force made contact with Floyd on September 10, 1861. Instead of concentrating his force for an overwhelming assault, Rosecrans spent the day sending in his brigades one at a time as they arrived at the battlefield, allowing the outnumbered Confederates to repulse the piecemeal attacks. During the night, the Confederates decided to retreat before they could be defeated in the morning. Floyd managed to get away before Rosecrans knew he was gone.
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For Immediate Release Contact: Beth A. White
September 9, 2019 (304)389-8587
Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable
Free Program Focuses in 1863 Battle of Hurricane Bridge
Charleston, W.Va. -- Dr. Philip Hatfield will be the featured speaker for the September meeting of the Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable. He will present "The Battle of Hurricane Bridge." The program is based on his new book, The Battle of Hurricane Bridge, March 28, 1863: With the Firmness of Veterans.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunbar Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.
The March 1863 battle involved a green Union regiment, the 13th West Virginia Infantry, against two veteran Confederate regiments, the 8th and 16th Virginia Cavalry, under the command of Gen. Albert Gallatin Jenkins. The five hour fight was originally considered to be a smaller skirmish, but Hatfield's research has shown it to involve more troops than believed. The Union victory there secured the Kanawha Valley for the Union and helped the Union maintain control of the Kanawha James River Turnpike, a critical supply line and transportation route.
Dr. Hatfield is a member of the Company of Military Historians. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Fielding University, a master's degree in psychology from Marshall University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology and history from the University of Charleston. In addition to his book on the Battle of Hurricane Bridge, he is the author of The Other Feud: William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield in the Civil War and three other books and numerous articles on Civil War history. He is a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.
Founded in 1983 by local historian Noble K. Wyatt, the Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable promotes the study of Civil War history in West Virginia and its lasting effects on society and the preservation of our state’s Civil War sites and artifacts for future generations. Membership is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War, its place in American history and West Virginia’s unique role in the Civil War era. There is no membership fee. ... See MoreSee Less
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#Artifactoftheweek William Wilken served with the 1st West Virginia Cavalry as a sergeant. He was present at the Battle of Monterey Pass and was captured during the Battle of Hagerstown on July 6, 1863. He was later paroled and commissioned to 1st Lieutenant and rose to the rank of captain in November of 1863. On display is his frock coat he wore when he resigned from the military in February of 1865. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks for sharing! Our fingers are crossed we might be able to add Carnifax Ferry and Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park to our program in the coming year.